GIR Live NY: Handling data in investigations has become “wildly expensive”

19 September 2016

The proliferation of electronic devices in the workplace means companies are finding it very challenging to reduce the cost of reviewing and analysing data during internal inquiries, says Joe Warin.

GIR Live NY: SFO’s Ben Morgan gives UK investigations bar a top grade

15 September 2016

Following “considerable debate” among SFO staff, the agency has given private practice investigations lawyers an A- grade for their work representing companies and individuals during top-tier white-collar cases.


Joseph Warin

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

F. Joseph Warin is chair of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP's Washington, D.C. Office's Litigation Department, which consists of over 125 attorneys. Mr. Warin also serves as co-chair of the firm's White Collar Defense and Investigations Practice Group. He served as Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C. from 1976-83. 

Bruce Yannett

Debevoise & Plimpton

Bruce Yannett is Deputy Presiding Partner of the firm and Chair of the White Collar & Regulatory Defense Practice Group. He focuses on white collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement and internal investigations. He represents a broad range of companies, financial institutions and their executives in matters involving securities fraud, accounting fraud, foreign bribery, cybersecurity, insider trading, and money laundering.

Keynote Speaker

Ben Morgan

Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption Division, UK Serious Fraud Office

Ben leads one of the two Bribery and Corruption Divisions, and is a member of the SFO’s Management Board reporting to the Director, David Green CB QC. Operationally, Ben is responsible for numerous multi-jurisdictional bribery and corruption investigations involving some of the largest global institutions. 


David Bitkower

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice

Mark Califano

Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel, Global Litigation and Government Investigations, American Express

David Esseks

Allen & Overy

Palmina Fava

Paul Hastings

Lynn Haaland

Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, PepsiCo

James McGovern

Hogan Lovells

Glenn Pomerantz


Patrick Stokes

Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher

Luke Tolaini

Clifford Chance


8.30: Welcome coffee and registration
9.00: Chairs’ welcome
F. Joseph Warin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Bruce Yannett, Debevoise & Plimpton
9.10: Keynote speech
Ben Morgan, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption Division, UK Serious Fraud Office
9.40: Session one: Targeting the ‘gatekeepers’: Emerging challenges for financial industry legal and compliance professionals
From FIFA to Petrobras, money-laundering prosecutors are increasingly piggy-backing on marquee criminal investigations to examine whether financial institutions are failing to flag underlying crimes committed by their customers. This trend – combined with the Yates Memo’s announced focus on individual prosecutions as well as proposed rules in New York state to require chief compliance officers to certify their bank’s controls – has put bank legal and compliance personnel in the cross-hairs of law enforcement.  As they weigh how aggressively to investigate alleged wrongdoing in their organizations or which matters to elevate, the so-called gatekeepers are facing significant questions about what it means to work in compliance at a financial institution today. 
Leading names will hold a roundtable style debate, with the audience joining in. Questions expected to be discussed include:

  • Under pressure to pursue individual misconduct, will prosecutors begin to see compliance personnel as easy pickings?
  • If so, will corporate compliance find itself stronger or weaker as a result?
  • What actions (or non-actions) are now particularly risky for compliance personnel in the new era of individual accountability?

Bruce Yannett, Debevoise & Plimpton
David Bitkower, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, US Department of Justice
Mark Califano, Senior Vice President and Managing Counsel, Global Litigation and Government Investigations, American Express 
Palmina Fava, Paul Hastings
James McGovern, Hogan Lovells 
11.00: Coffee break
11.30: Session two: GIR Live Question Time – A Q&A discussion on international enforcement trends
This unique session allows for a free-flowing discussion facilitated by an expert moderator. Attendees will supply written questions in advance. Those audience members whose questions are selected for discussion will stand, introduce themselves, and pose their queries, at which time the panel will be thrown open to discussion. Audience participation encouraged. The GIR Live Q&A therefore offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to benchmark one’s own practice against that of others, and to get opinions on those questions that can’t be researched in any other way.
F. Joseph Warin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher 
David Esseks, Allen & Overy
Lynn Haaland, Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer, PepsiCo
Luke Tolaini, Clifford Chance 
Glenn Pomerantz, BDO
13.00: Luncheon session: Patrick Stokes and Ben Morgan in dialogue 
The former head of the Justice Department's FCPA unit compares notes with the Serious Fraud Office's lead anti-corruption enforcer on cooperation, voluntary disclosures, deferred prosecution agreements and other aspects of the evolving trans-Atlantic legal landscape.
Patrick Stokes, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Ben Morgan, Joint Head of Bribery and Corruption Division, UK Serious Fraud Office
13.45: Chairs’ closing remarks
F. Joseph Warin, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Bruce Yannett, Debevoise & Plimpton
14.00: Close of conference


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